Backyard Ecology

Exploring Nature in Your Backyard
Exploring Nature in Your Backyard

Welcome to Backyard Ecology

Nature isn’t just “out there.” It’s all around us, including right outside our doors. Join us as we ignite our curiosity and natural wonder, explore our yards and communities, and improve our local pollinator and wildlife habitat.


  • Plant highlights
  • Profiles of pollinators and wildlife
  • Tips for attracting pollinators and wildlife
  • Ways to take action
  • Recent observations


  • Local pollinators, wildlife, and nature
  • Creating habitat for pollinators and wildlife
  • Growing native plants
  • New research and other important news

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  • Profiles of plants and animals
  • Landscaping and creating habitat for pollinators and wildlife
  • Nature Notes
  • Trail camera compilations

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An Introduction to Gardening with Native Plants: Hardiness Zones and Ecoregions

  • Do you know what ecoregions are?
  • Or why they are important?

If you’re like most people, then probably not. But when it comes to growing native plants, ecoregions are more important than the more familiar plant hardiness zones.

Learn more in this e-booklet. It’s my gift to you for subscribing to my email list.

Thank you to our Patrons who provide monthly financial support!

Megan Amaral, Julie Krygier, Lizabeth, Russel Furnari, Crystal Robinson, Linda Sonntag, Karen Veleta, Linda Relson, Kevin B, Sally Mirick, Richard Hitt, Crystal Dyamonds, Mitchell Bell, Laura Hunt, Sue Ann Barnes, Frances Peebles, Adrienne Richardson, and J. Adam Perkey.